BMCC Military Friendly School

Press Release Date: 

Blue Mountain Community College,

Date: September 9, 2010
Contact:  Karen L. Hill, Public Relations, 541-278-5933 or 541-379-2753

Blue Mountain Community College has earned the distinction of being a Military Friendly School. This honor roll of 1,000 schools features the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. According to Dr. Harvey Franklin, associate vice president of enrollment management and the veterans’ project coordinator, "BMCC is focused on making enrollment and degree attainment readily accessible for military personnel. We offer support services to assist active military and veterans have a successful educational experience; these services include tutoring, a veterans’ club, and the opportunity to turn military training and experience into college credits."

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs has recently hired retired Coast Guard veteran Martin Ornelas as the veteran Service officer for BMCC, Treasure Valley Community College, Central Oregon Community College and Eastern Oregon University. Ornelas will be on the BMCC Pendleton campus regularly to meet with veterans to help them maximize their education and military benefits. His first visit to BMCC is September 29 and 30, with a veterans’ reception on the 30th from 2:00-4:00 pm in Morrow Hall, room M-208. Private appointments with Ornelas can be made by calling 503-559-3460 or

According to the Military Friendly Schools guide, the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act – commonly known as the GI Bill – opened the halls of education to millions of veterans returning from World War II and helped education an entire generation. The post-9/11 GI Bill holds the same promise. The law, which took effect August 1, 2009, offers even more generous education benefits and many veterans will realize a free education. -082-